Matthew Keys is an entrepreneurial journalist and blogger formerly employed as the deputy social media editor for Reuters. Keys is best known for using social media platforms to advance developing news stories.
At Reuters, Keys published news to the organization's various social media accounts. As a journalist for the organization, Keys also occasionally contributed to reports (namely those with a social media-specific focus or where information may be found on social media platforms). Keys reported to the company's lead social media editor Anthony De Rosa.
Keys attended American River College in Sacramento, California. While at American River College, Keys signed on as the first online news producer for local television station KTXL. In 2011, Keys joined KGO-TV as a weekend web producer.
In 2012, Time Magazine named Keys one of the Top 140 people to follow on Twitter. That same year, the Huffington Post named Keys one of the 50 people to subscribe to for news on Facebook.
Alleged hacking incident
In March 2013, Keys was charged by federal prosecutors with providing unauthorized access to the Los Angeles Times website for members of the hacker group Anonymous in December 2010. The hackers published a false story on the website. Keys pleaded not guilty in federal court in April, 2013.
Dismissal from Reuters
On April 22, 2013 Reuters fired Keys over purported inaccuracies in reporting on his personal Twitter account while covering the Boston Marathon Bombings. The dismissal has been challenged by the union that represented him. 
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- ^"Time Magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012". Time Magazine. March 21, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- ^Aquino, Mia (April 30, 2012). "50 People in Media You Should Subscribe To on Facebook". HuffingtonPost.com. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- ^Kim, Victoria; Serna, Joseph (March 14, 2013). "Thomson Reuters editor Matthew Keys faces hacking charges". The Los Angeles Times (The Los Angeles Times). Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- ^Schwartz, Carly (April 23, 2013). "Matthew Keys Arraignment: Former Reuters Employee Pleads Not Guilty To Helping Anonymous Hackers". The Huffington Post (The Huffington Post). Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- ^Morrison, Sara (April 23, 2013). "Exit Interview: Matthew Keys". Columbia Journalism Review. Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- ^"Guild statement on Thomson Reuters firing of Matthew Keys - See more at: http://www.nyguild.org/reuters-news-details/items/guild-statement-on-termination-of-matthews-keys-by-thomson-reuters.html#sthash.Vj59Mxys.dpuf". April 22, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
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